I photographed this double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) at the shores of the Spring Lake in Santa Rosa, California.
The name double-crested is applied to it due to the large white feather tufts the males sport during mating season, which occurs in late spring and during the summer. It is my understanding that this bird is quite common along rivers and lakes and we’ve seen them quite often here, I just never had the chance to get this close to one to photograph well.
Sharpening and contrast were increased in Adobe Camera Raw, and I digitally cleaned out most of the do-do on the bird’s rock using the Spot Healing Brush Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Technical data: aperture f/3.5, exposure 1/250th sec, ISO 100.